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“The Murder of Gonzago” is a play directed by Hamlet as he learns from the ghost that this was his uncle Claudius who killed Hamlet’s father in order to become a king. It is aimed at replicating the events which, as Hamlet suspects, happened in reality and led to the death of his father. Subsequently, the logic behind showing this play is to reveal the guilt of Claudius by showing him circumstances that are expected to cause a particular reaction from the man: “To catch the consciousness of the king.” (Act II, Scene II) In this way, the suspense is created. As a result, Hamlet confirms his doubts and realizes that his father was killed by the new king. In this way, the plot gets its logical development and approaches to the climax.
Apart from serving as a catalyst for the plot development, inclusion of the play into the play can serve the purpose of reinforcing the theme of pretending and lack of certainty, which is one of the essential themes of the given play. Throughout the play, Hamlet and Claudius are playing their roles (Hamlet acts insane and Claudius – honest and innocent) instead of being what they really are. At the same time, it is not clear whether Gertrude was loyal to her husband and whether she knew about the plans of Claudius. Furthermore, Hamlet is not sure whether the ghost he saw was saying the truth: “The spirit I have seen may be a devil.” (Act II, Scene II)
Similarly, actors in “The Murder of Gonzago” are playing their roles and highlight the motif of theatricality of the life. The play within the play becomes a reflection of the real life in which people act as actors. The following can also hint on the attempts of Shakespeare to assert the importance of art and power of theatre as a whole. For instance, in Hamlet, the play within the play not only exposes the truth, but gives the prince the power and passion to revenge. In other words, actors on the stage provoke actions and make one reflect on the past and predict
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From this research it is clear that in Hamlet, a Danish prince is mourning the death of his father, also named Hamlet. His mother has married Claudius less than one month after Hamlet Sr.’s death. Moreover, young Hamlet was informed by the ghost of his father that Claudius killed him. This is enough to make anybody in this situation feel the same way that Hamlet does – depressed, angry, and ineffectual.
In his dazzling career, Shakespeare generated literary compositions of art. What distinguishes Shakespeare to other renowned writers of his era, or subsequently, is his aptitude to systematize a sensible plot, administer themes, and build up characters in his composition.
Prince Hamlet acknowledge about his Father’s killer when his Father’s ghost itself appears in front of him and let out the truth. Once Hamlet hears this, his blood boils and he somehow wants to kill his father’s murderer. Hamlet took much longer to kill Claudius because the latter is a king and encountering such a person is not an easy task.
However, one has to agree that it is his lukewarm approach and his inability to kill Claudius that resulted in the death of many others, resulting in a tragic end not only of his but many others. However, a close look reveals that it is his nature to plan and execute complex operations well.
According to the report death traces its way through the entire play from the opening scene dealing with a confrontation with a deceased man’s ghost to the last scene, which leaves nearly all characters dead after a bloodbath. Hamlet constantly reflects on the element of death from a number of angles.
On the other hand, the question of Hamlet’s insanity lies in ambiguity. The audience fails to tell whether Hamlet feigns or is truly mad. The theme of madness evidenced by the two characters contributes to the play’s overall themes of uncertainty, doubt, and revenge.
The first printed version of the play came out in 1603, with another edition featuring an enlargement of the text coming out a year after. The first public performance of the play was held before the arrival of the first print version, in 1602. The story itself is said to have borrowed from a number of previously existing works.
The focus of this paper is to identify the pattern in which Hamlet talks about himself and his dilemma throughout the book. In Hamlet, the main dilemma is to be or not to be both for himself and for King Claudius who is the murderer of his father.
Ophelia falls for Hamlet, but Polonius, his father, dismisses it fearing that she will be heartbroken.
Through a ghost of his late father, Hamlet finds out that King Claudius killed his father. The ghost instructs Hamlet to